Paul E. Anna: High Points |

Paul E. Anna: High Points

Paul E. Anna
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

To quote the great Lenny Kravitz, “Oh, I want to get away, I want to fly away, yeah, yeah, yeah.” Truer words were never spoken, or perhaps more appropriately, ever sung.

It is that time of year. The time when fleeing becomes appealing. The season when it is time to fly without saying goodbye. When going away simply means “I’m leaving today.” Yes it is April 1 and aside from being April Fools’ Day, this is also the official start of the “get-out of-town-to-someplace-where-you-don’t-have-to-wear-so-many-clothes” season.

Don’t get me wrong, we all love living in the Roaring Fork Valley. But after a long winter so many of us begin to look with envy on those places where the sun shines, the grass is green and the living is oh so easy. Just this week I spoke with a friend who had made an early get away to sunny and sultry Louisiana (it was already in the low 80s). This cat was sitting on a freshly cut green spring lawn sipping a cup of coffee and chuckling that he was actually petting the grass. How sweet does that sound?

The winter had its moments of course. Those who made it out before 10 a.m. this past Tuesday, following the epic inch-an-hour snowstorm, surely had one of this decade’s finest powder days. It was cold enough and sunny enough for those who love that stuff to think they had awakened to find themselves in heaven. Truly a gift from the snow gods.

But for the most part the winter has been kind of so-so. There was good snow coverage but we got into that freeze/thaw cycle in the last month that left the slopes hard in the morning and slushy in the afternoons with no real middle day perfection. There were some exceptionally cold weeks and, let’s face it, this has been one of the cloudiest springs in memory. The sunny days have been few and far between and the gray days have come back-to-back-to-back

Hence the reason for our group exodus. For some it may be just a weekend drive to Moab, or maybe a longer trip to Bryce or Chaco Canyon. For others, Maui, where the surf has been big all winter, beckons. Then there are those who head south to the tropics. Costa Rica, Belize and even Ecuador are all are hot spots for Valley residents who are looking for waves, water, sun and, of course, cerveza.

Then there are those who will eschew the sunny skies and the clear seas and opt for a city sojourn. Perhaps a trip to New York or San Francisco. I have friends of German and Hungarian heritage who have chosen to make Berlin and Budapest their destinations of choice this off-season. We all can use a city fix once in a while and spring in Europe is awfully appealing as well.

Me? I’m going to Mexico. The west coast. A place I have never been before. Let’s hope the sun shines, the sand is soft and the waves cooperate.

Happy spring, amigos.

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